From the back cover of this softcover book from author Nicholas Thomas and publisher  Thames and Hudson, ‘The colours and patterns of the art of the Pacific Islands – spears and shields, carved canoe prows, feather capes or tortoiseshell ornaments – have interested Western audiences since the voyages of Captain Cook and Bougainville.

Oceanic art in particular, had an influence on the development of the European modernist movement, influencing artists such as Gauguin, Picasso, Giacometti and Kirchner.’

The 216 page book has 182 illustrations, 26 of which are in colour.

The knife shown in photos is not included in the sale but used to prop open the pages. For a 30 year old book it is in good overall condition. Please refer to all photos provided, Any questions? Please get in touch.